WILDLIFE ANIMAL PROTECTION FORUM
IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH
THE SCIENTIFIC AUTHORITY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTE
Dated: 20th September 2019
It must be noted that the findings of the above mentioned assessment were issued by the Scientific Authority of South Africa on the 12th July 2018. A year later on the 22nd August 2019, your office offered members of the public a thirty-day period in which to respond to these proposed assessments.
Before allowing us the opportunity to respond, South Africa submitted a request to CITES for the amendment of Resolution Conf.13.5 (Rev. CoP14) on the establishment of export quotas for black rhinoceros hunting trophies using the same scientific supporting information.
This proposal delivered 150 days prior to the meeting of the Parties which was set to take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka from the 23rd May to the 3rd June 2019.
In the proposal South Africa provided a method to annually calculate an export quota but without actually specifying the size of this quota. We note that your office was not able to offer an accurate assessment of population size of the black rhino species.
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